Taika Waititi disclosed that she used stolen props from The Hobbit to create the film What We Do in the Shadows. In a new interview for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Waititi explained how the film crew reused green screens and wood from the Peter Jackson film because they didn''t have enough money to produce what We Do in the Shadows.
After successful success in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Jackson decided to return to Middle-Earth with The Hobbit, which included a significant budget of $180 million. As for Waititis and Jemaine Clements, the filmmaker couple only counted on a meager $1.6 million to produce what we do in the Shadows. That''s why they decided to recycle abandoned props from The Hobbit once the New Zealand blockbuster wrapped production.
"When Jermaine and I did what we did in the Shadows, we didn''t have much time to film it. So, our producer, who was in the dead of night, took his crew to The Hobbit studios, stole all of the damaged, broken-down green screens, and took all of the lumber. We built a house," says the author.
"When Jermaine and I tried to do what we did in the shadows, we didn''t have much money to do it. The Hobbit had just wrapped. So, my producer, I don''t know if I should tell you this. And, as well, our producer, who was dead of the night, stole all of the damaged, broken-down green screens and rented all of the lumber. We built a house."
The success of What We Do in the Shadows went to be hugely successful. Despite its modest box office of $7.3 million, the universal acclaim of the comedy mockumentary led the film to become a cult classic. Quite surprising, What We Do in the Shadows also spawned a Korean comedy series that already was renewed until Season 6 even before Season 4s premiere. All thanks to The Hobbits'' props being stolen in the middle of the night.
As Waititi writes, he should be a part of Jackson''s efforts to establish his successful career in Hollywood. However, he admits that he never talked about the event with the director of The Hobbits. I like telling things at parties, and that''s why. I don''t know if he actually knows.
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